17For even though the fig tree doesn’t flourish,
nor fruit be in the vines,
the labor of the olive fails,
the fields yield no food,
the flocks are cut off from the fold,
and there is no herd in the stalls,
18yet I will rejoice in Yahweh.
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
When there is a drought or a failed harvest in an agricultural context where people depend on water or crops it is a disaster. For Habakkuk and his people this was a case of their worst fears realised. What do you do when your worst fears become reality? How do you respond to the tough times you and those you love face? What happens to your relationship with God in these times?
Today we come to one of the most incredible and powerful affirmations of faith in all of Scripture. When faced with the reality of war and devastation, the prophet Habakkuk anticipates a barren time of hunger and thirst in the land. But in the face of this he does what would seem to be the opposite of what he could or should do...he doesn’t lament, he stops complaining, he quits questioning and he starts praising. Praising a God whom he loves and trusts. A God he knows will come through in the end!
As Christians, we really can rejoice in even the most difficult and challenging circumstances because of who God is and what Jesus has done. As we are reminded in Romans 8 our God will never leave us and we just cannot be separated from His love, no matter the circumstances.
So if you’re in a spiritual drought or famine, keep praising. Praise your way through it. Worship your way out of it.
Heavenly Father, thank you for always being with us and NEVER leaving us! Give me today all the strength, hope, peace and resources I need to rejoice in your love and rest in your protection, even when life gets very tough. In Jesus’ name. Amen.